March 26, 2018

Duckworth Introduces Resolution Designating March as National Endometriosis Awareness Month


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a resolution designating March as National Endometriosis Awareness Month. This resolution will also encourage the Health and Human Services Secretary to provide information on endometriosis to women, patients and providers and to improve screening tools and treatment options. Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting 6.5 million Americans. Women can suffer up to 6 to 10 years before being properly diagnosed.

“One in ten American women have endometriosis, which can be extremely painful and even lead to infertility. Even though millions of women suffer from endometriosis, too often this disease doesn’t receive adequate attention and funding,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to introduce this resolution to raise awareness for this debilitating disease and recognize the women who struggle with it.”

Earlier this year, Senator Duckworth sponsored a resolution designating January 25th as “Women’s Health Research Day” to acknowledge the importance and need for continued women’s health research. Last Congress, she also voted in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which authorized $6.3 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health.